State Street Global Advisors, the asset management arm of custody group State Street, has named June Wong, formerly of fund house Columbia Threadneedle, as head of its Asia ex-Japan business.

She will start in March to replace Ting Li, who left SSGA after 14 years with the firm to join China-backed boutique bank Reorient as co-CEO in August this year. 

Based in Hong Kong, Wong will be responsible for further developing and implementing the regional business strategy and growth plans covering important and new investor segments across North and Southeast Asia. She will report to Lochiel Crafter, SSGA’s Asia-Pacific head.

Wong had been vice chairman for Asia Pacific, Hong Kong CEO and co-head of institutional sales for North Asia at Columbia Threadneedle since mid-2011.

Columbia Threadneedle will make formal announcements about the role in January 2016.

Prior to this, Wong served as head of institutions at US fund house AllianceBernstein and head of business development for HSBC Asset Management.